Family/Local History Enquiry?

If you have a question about your ancestors Stockton Reference Library’s team may be able to help you with your family history, or with your questions about the local area.

The Reference Library can provide free access to family history websites including Ancestry and Find My Past. We also hold church records for Stockton and the surrounding area, historical maps, local trade directories and electoral registers.

If you’re looking for a newspaper article – we have local newspapers as far back as 1855 which can be viewed on microfilm in our Family History Suite.

We provide one to one help sessions and also a free introductory family history course to help with your research.

Please visit the Reference Library within Stockton Central Library or contact us on 01642 528079 or email: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

171 thoughts on “Family/Local History Enquiry?

  1. I am wanting to trace back my great great grandfather, he owned a butchers at the top of Tilery bank in Stockton-on-Tees in around 1920, his surname was Place, I think he was a major in the army, any help will be appreciated.

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  2. Hello

    I am looking for information about my paternal grandfather’s family from Stockton on Tees.

    My paternal grandfather’s name is Thomas Frederick Whitehouse (born 7 December 1929, died 20 December 2010 in Australia). His parents were James William Whitehouse and Eliza Marley. My grandfather migrated to Australia in about 1952 after joining the Australian Army.

    I understand James was a steward at the Portrack Social Club. He died in about 1939 in Stockton-on-Tees.

    I understand Eliza died in about 1944 and that she and James had 5 children – Thomas (my grandfather – now deceased), Doreen (known as “Deanie”), Norman, Joan and James.

    I would be grateful to receive any information you have about the family and would also love to find a photograph of the Portrack Social Club.

    Kind regards
    Kate Whitehouse.

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    • Hello Kate,
      Thank you for your enquiry. I will e-mail you directly with the information I have found.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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    • Kate, I do not know if you are interested in an the earlier generation?
      James William Whitehouse was one of 4 children born to James Whitehouse and Elizabeth Jones. They married in May 1905 and had James Wm. (born 1906), Thomas Edward (1908), Frederick John (1910) and Margaret (1914).
      Their father had been born in 1884, and in 1914 he volunteered for service in the First World War. He enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in September 1914. but he did not see any service on the continent, being discharged as unfit 147 days later on 28 January 1915. His enlistment papers can be viewed on-line and show him to have been quite short at only 5ft 3ins. He worked as a galvanizer, which may have contributed to his ill health as the 1939 UK survey shows him a resident of the Holywood Sanatorium, Wolsingham, County Durham.

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      • Thank you very much Adele and Cliff.

        Cliff – yes I am interested in the earlier generations. Thank you for providing this information. Can you please tell me how I can view his enlistment papers online? I don’t have an Ancestry.com subscription.

        thanks

        kate

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        • Kate, the enlistment papers are on-line on the Ancestry website. if you live in the UK then try your local library, most have one or more computers available for public use. Many libraries subscribe to Ancestry so you might be in luck.

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  3. Does anyone have any photos of St Vincent Street, Haverton Hill or the Local school & shops etc around 1958. My name is Syd Swan we emigrated to Australia approx 1960.

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  4. Hi I am looking for any information on the Birtch family. My father is Albert Edward Bircth and I have just found out his Father was Albert E Birtch and Mother was Emily Hall. I have also found out that my Grandfather Albert had brothers John, Jack, Charles and sister Edna. John was married to Alice Dickinson. I am trying to find out if there are any of the Birtch family still alive. I only met my Grandparents once and have no family details.

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    • Hi Emma, we have found some information regarding the Birtch family. We will send the information directly to you via email.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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      • Hi Hannah

        That would be fantastic, I have sent off for birth and marriage certificates of my Grandparents but have not been able to find anymore information about my existing family. I was also wondering is it possible to get hold of old photos. My father attended the ‘ICI Engineering College’ in 1967, he met the Duke of Edinburgh and was wondering if he could get hold of that photo. How would I go about getting a photo like that? The college was on Belasis Lane? Thanks Emma Thompson

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        • Hi Emma,

          Hopefully you should have received the information that we sent to you via email.
          All of our photographs are held on the Picture Stockton website but you can also make an appeal for a photograph to Picture Stockton visitors by clicking on the ‘Ask Us’ section at the top of this page.

          I would also recommend contacting Teesside Archives (01642 248321, teesside_archives@middlesbrough.gov.uk) who have a collection of records for ICI, and Beamish Museum (0191 370 4000, museum@beamish.org.uk) who holds the ICI photographic archive.

          Kind regards,
          Hannah

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          • Hi Hannah

            Thank-you very much for the information you sent, only got it today as went into my spam. I am so happy you have managed to find some living relatives. I will have a look at the other organisations to find the photo. Thanks once again for your fantastic service, it is very much appreciated.

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  5. I am tracing my family tree and am stuck almost immediately. My father was Kenneth Alborn (changed his name I think from Kenneth Alborn Spence. He was born in Thornaby in 1920 and had 3 siblings Ronnie, Olive, and a sister. His mother was Annie Spence but I have no trace of her. I think she died in around 1933. His father’s family owned greengrocers shops and his brother Ronnie had a fruit stall in Stockton, Acklam, Bishop Auckland. Does anything know anything about the Alborns between 1915 and 1940. My father married Mary Watson and moved to Norton around 1950.

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  6. What a fantastic service. Thank you to all at the Reference Library for such painstaking care and information. I’m in Derbyshire, and interested in the history of the Tramways on Teesside, including Stockton and Norton. Is there a book or booklet published by a local history group which might be of help, even if this topic isn’t the whole subject of the book ? NB my email address has two “h” in the middle. Thank you very much. Kate Smith

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  7. Hello I’m looking for as much information regarding my grandad and nanna Matthew and Isabella Marley. They lived in Garnet road Thornaby many many years ago. They had 6 children. JIMMY MATTHEW JOAN AUDREY(she passed away when she was little) ISABELLA(my mam) and IRIS.

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    • Wendy, Matthew Marley was born in Stockton in 1900. His parents were Joseph and Johanna Marley, both from Middlesbrough, by 1911 they had 7 children.
      In 1924, Matthew married Isabella Wright, who had been born in Thornaby in 1904. Her parents were John Wm. and Agnes Wright. Her father died, and her mother remarried, so Isabella Wright’s mother appears in the 1911 Census as Agnes Bullen.
      Matthew and Isabella had the following children: Joannah (b.1925), Isabella (1927), Matthew (1929), James (1931), Iris (1934) and John (1940).

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    • Hello Wendy, we have traced your grandparents family. We will forward the information to you via email within the next day or two.

      Kind regards, Julie

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  8. I am researching my family history and would be grateful for any information regarding Dorothea May Wilkinson (1918 – 1983) who lived in Stockton and worked at ICI as a secretary from the fifties until she retired. Also any information would be appreciated regarding Michael (Terence) O’Rourke who worked at ICI sometime during the fifties.

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    • Hi Jane.
      My father (deceased) worked in the ICI in the 1950 he was a process worker. We lived at 25 St Vincent Street Haverton Hill, then emigrated to Australia.
      I also am looking for pictures and stories of Haverton Hill. My name is Syd Swan my father had the same name Syd Swan.

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  9. Hi I’m looking for as much information, pictorial or otherwise, on Billingham South Primary School. Newspaper articles, class photos, anything at all. Please could you point me in the right direction

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  10. Hi I am looking for any information on Margaret Annie Tones who married James Storey in 1933. I am also searching information on William Statham and Isobel E Statham (nee Tiley) married in 1924.

    Thank you
    Wendy

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    • Wendy, Margaret Annie Tones was born in 1913 to John N Tones and Annie Hallett. They had been married in the Easington Registration District in 1911.
      Margaret’s father was born at Castle Eden in 1889, to John and Jane Tones. Her father was the eldest child in a large family with 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
      Margaret’s grandfather, John Tones, was born in 1859 to James Tones and Eleanor (Ellen) Coltman. They had married in 1856, when James was 23 years old. I hope this helps.

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  11. Hi, I’m looking for any one that is connected with a Booth family from Stockton. My gr gr grandad Bryan John Booth was the superintendent of the Stockton Police force. Lived at 5 Palmerston St/Rd. His son William was a blacksmith, my gr grandfather. His only daughter was Catherine Booth, my grandmother, she had 6 brothers. A David Booth has just posted a photo of Stockton High St on here, just curious if there is any connection.

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  12. I wonder if the lovely Library Ladies can help. I never knew my Granddad Philip Mee or Grandmother Alice, they moved with all the family apart from my Father Charles Philip Mee to New Zealand in the 1920’s, Dad was left to look after Great Grandma Jane Brown at 5 Mill Lane, the family had lived in Beaconsfield Street until they went away.
    I only ever heard of her called Brown, Mother always talked about granny Brown, we visited the Brown Family in New Brancepeth and Prudhoe and they came to us for Stockton Races.
    Granny Brown I have vague memories of as an old lady who would walk me up the garden at Mill Lane and talk to me she died before I went to school so any memory of what she said are long gone.
    I cannot understand the difference in names her Daughter Alice Fisher Married Philip Mee at Tynemouth in 1902 or so I was told when some of Dads Brothers and sisters came over for a visit, they were quite old and memories were not as they had once been they argued over some of the things they told me.
    I would just like to know what the story was before I join them where ever that may be.
    Frank Philip Mee

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    • Frank, forgive me for not being one of the lovely ladies at the library, but I can not resist the opportunity to repay you for the many educational and entertaining posts which you have made to Picture Stockton over the years.
      I have not yet resolved the identity of Great Grandma Brown, but I do not think that Alice Fisher was her daughter. The 1901 Census for Tynemouth shows the Fisher family living in Brennan Street. Frank Fisher, the head of the family was an sea-going engineer, and presumably was away at sea when the census was taken. At home was his wife Jane Fisher (44yrs) with their two children Alice (22) and Charles (21). Also living there was Philip Mee (24) a professional musician.

      By 1911, Philip and Alice Mee were living at 48 Beaconsfield Rd., Norton, with their children Charles Philip(7), Doris(2) and George (1 month), and Jane Fisher, Mother in Law. Philip’s occupation was still a professional musician.

      The records show that Philip emigrated to New Zealand in April 1922, leaving Southampton on S. S. Ionic. He declared his occupation to be a Fitter. Once he sorted himself out in NZ he called for his family and they left in S.S. Paparoa from Liverpool on 29 December 1923. Alice with her children Doris(15), George(12), Naomi (11), Frank (9) and Nora (3).

      I hope that this is enough to be going on with, I will now try and sort out Mrs Brown.
      Cliff

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    • Thank you for your enquiry Frank. We have managed to find out quite a bit of information for you. We’ll email you shortly for your address and we’ll post out our findings.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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    • Frank, I can now explain Great Granma Brown!
      Alice Fisher was the daughter of Frank and Jane Fisher. They had married in Norton/Stockton in 1879, the bride’s maiden name being Jane Brown.
      Her age was 44 in the 1901 census, and 53 in the 1911 census.
      So this seems to tie in with your recollections.
      Cliff

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      • Cliff, Thank you very much for the information the library ladies have also come up trumps and are posting me more information. It settles a long period of wondering why the names Brown and Fisher were intertwined. Frank Fisher died early and Jane never remarried I assume she dropped back to her maiden name for some reason. My Father was born in Northumberland, South Shields the rest of the family were born in Norton.
        One query answered another raises its head. I now wonder how Dad and Jane Brown his Grandmother came to live in what was a large house in Mill Lane with Stables and a Carriage house built on. From a young age he was a Haulage Contractor first with a horse and cart later with trucks, where did that come from I ask as he never told me.
        Frank.

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        • Frank, I wonder if the family came into some money, maybe a bequest from a distant relative? The purchase of the large house in Mill Lane appears to have been about the same time as the family emigrated to New Zealand, which must have cost a pretty penny.

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          • Cliff the Lovely Library ladies tell me Jane Brown had a young Brother who lived in Mill Lane already running the business. It would appear Jane and my Dad joined him and inherited the business when some mishap occurred.
            As a carefree youth you take such things for granted, the fact my Parents could afford uniforms books and other kit when I passed the 11+ whilst a lot of my friends could not go did wake me up to an unequal world.
            Frank

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  13. Hello,

    Did anyone know the following John Fernihough – ex Head Wrightsons worker?
    Desmond Fernihough – ex Thornaby Shed/Post Office/Tyre Fitter?

    Thanks
    Christopher Fernihough.

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    • Kate, Acklam Street ran off the south side of Portrack Lane. You can see it on the following map, go to. http://maps.nls.uk/view/102341737
      Use your mouse to zoom in on the map. Find Portrack Lane running off the map on the right habd side, and there is Acklam Street lying next to the edge of the map.

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    • Hi Norman, you should have an email with suggestions for these. Please let me know if you haven’t received them.

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  14. Hi my grandfather surname Dunning died at an early age when my dad was young so I never got to meet him and I’m trying to find out if he had any brothers or sisters that had children who are still alive today. My grandmas surname was Honeyman, her dad had a butchers shop in Yarm.
    My grandma had brothers and sisters which I met that I remember. Just trying to find out family history and photos. If you can help me I would be very grateful.
    Many thanks
    Alison Dunning

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    • Alison, the 1901 Census shows George Honeyman with his family running a butcher’s shop in Yarm. George and Anne Marie had a son, Frederick, born in 1877. In 1899, Frederick Honeyman married Ellen Johnson. They had the following children Dorothy (b.1901), Fred (b.1904), Edith (b.1908), William (b.1910) and Ellen Honeyman (b.1914). I believe that it was that child, Ellen Honeyman who married Charles Edward Dunning in 1933. Do any of these names ring a bell?

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    • Hi Alison,

      Thank you for your family history enquiry.

      I shall email you today with the information that we have found.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  15. Hi, I wonder if you can assist with anything in relation to my grandad’s family. His name is Joseph William Russell dob either 25 or 26 March 1908/09. He was apparently born in Richmond, North Yorkshire and was fostered by a lady with the the surname Harris/Harrison in Thornaby. It’s more that I am enquiring on his birth mother. I only know that she was a maid in a house in Richmond.

    Thank you

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    • Angela, I have checked the names of children whose births were registered in Richmond around 1908, and I cannot find a Joseph William Russell. I then looked for his name in the Census for 1911. There were several boys with the right name, who were born about the right year, but none of them were listed as having been born in Richmond.

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  16. Hello,

    Does anyone have any information or knowledge with regard to a Thomas Robinson of Stockton-on-Tees circa 1900’s? He was married to a lady called Rose and one of their children, Florence, born 1896, was my grandmother. They lived in Brunswick Street. In census records he listed himself as a book seller and dealer, but I can’t seem to turn up any information about his business.

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    • Hello Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your enquiry regarding Thomas Robinson.
      I have found a listing in the trade directories from 1911-1920 for Thomas Robinson at 37 Brunswick Street as a shopkeeper.
      Unfortunately it doesn’t give any other details. I checked our newspaper archive for the Evening Gazette for an advert, to no avail.
      I also had a look at the Heaviside’s almanac as this contains adverts for local businesses at that time, I couldn’t find any for Thomas.
      If I can be of any further assistance please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
      Kind regards, Adele

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      • Many thanks, Adele,

        I am not having much luck at all. The only other info I have turned up is that his wife’s maiden name was Kelly and her father was Francis Kelly. Thomas Robinson notes himself as an auctioneer’s clerk on his 1889 marriage cert and his father was called James Robinson, a grocer, deceased.

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    • It looks as if Thomas Robinson could not make a living from selling books, as the 1914 Kelly’s Directory lists him at the same address (57 Brunswick Street) but now acting as a furniture dealer.

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      • Thank you for a helpful reply, Cliff.

        On my grandfather’s marriage certificate, dated 1918, it notes that Florence’s father, Thomas Robinson, is deceased and still gives his profession as bookseller, so obviously the family preferred to think of him as a bookseller rather than a furniture dealer. It’s frustrating not to be able to find out more, but again, many thanks.

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        • Elizabeth, were your grandparents married after April 1918?
          The records suggest that Thomas Robinson died in that month, and was buried in the Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton. Poor Rose did not live much longer, and was buried in the same cemetery on 3 April 1919.

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          • Hello again, Cliff,

            My grandparents were married in September 1918. I knew Rose died in 1919, but I didn’t know the dates for either her or Thomas or their place of buriel, so many thanks for this information, it’s a great help.

            Best Wishes,

            Elizabeth

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  17. Hello, it would be wonderful if you could help me. I am looking for any information about my grandmother’s aunt, Kathleen Fisher and her husband Edward John Fisher and whether they had any family. My grandmother sadly lost contact with Kathleen in London in the 1930s and never saw her again. Yesterday I was delighted to find Kathleen and Edward’s death records and that they had lived in Stockton on Tees. Kathleen Fisher nee Sugrue, born in Ireland on 17th February 1901 died on 20th March 1992 at the great age of 91, and Edward died 30 years before that on 13th February 1962. I have the address from their probate record of 8 St Peters Road, Stockton-on-Tees. The last my grandmother knew of them they were living in London. But then of course the war broke out and there was great upheaval and they would have found it very difficult to find each other again.

    Would you be able to help find a burial record or point me in the right direction? They would have been CofE in terms of looking for church records. I would be really interested to know anything at all about the family.

    Thank you very much,
    Lucy

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    • Hello Lucy,

      I am at the moment in the process of emailing Jim Corr with the information I have found.

      I will include you in the email also.

      Kind regards, Julie

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    • Kathleen and Edward had married in West Ham in the Spring of 1923. I have checked the birth registrations for subsequent years and they do not appear to have had any children. Whilst Edward’s will was drawn up whilst they were living at St Peter’s Road, it is possible that they were living elsewhere at the time of his death. This is because the register office in Stockton does not have a record of his death or burial. If you cannot locate his grave, it is possible that Edward was cremated at the Teesside Crematorium which had opened in Middlesbrough in 1961.

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      • Thank you very much for your help, Cliff. That’s very interesting. I have since found out that Kathleen was in the Townswomen’s Guild and I have seen those photos on this website, we think we may recognise her – or a woman who looks very much like my grandmother.

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  18. I’m trying to find any information on a shop my great grandmother Annie Rollinson use to have in Tilery – circa 1950 maybe give or take few years.
    The shop was called Annie’s any photos or information is really appreciated would make my dads day.

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    • Hello Mark,

      Unfortunately we only have one trade directory after 1939 and that is for 1955 – 1956. We have checked this trade directory but have been unable to find an entry for your great grandmother.

      We shall ask Laura if she could publish your enquiry on the ‘Ask Us’ section to see if one of Picture Stockton’s visitors can provide any information.

      Kind regards, Hannah

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  19. Hello,
    I’m at a loss at trying to find something about my grandmother Alice Agnes Johnson. She lived at 64 Swainby Road 1939-1963. The whole Johnson family lived there during the war… but I have not found anything else at all and wondered if anyone could help/suggest some help.
    Thank you
    Rob Johnson

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    • Hello Rob,
      I have found your grandmother on various electoral registers, from 1939 to 1962.
      However, on all but two of these registers, Alice is living alone, or at least, with children too young to be registered to vote.
      This makes it difficult for us to trace her further.
      Could you give us a little bit more info please? eg. her children’s names, her husband’s name, or her maiden name.
      If you can supply any of this information we should be able to take the query further.
      If you prefer to you can email us with these details at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk
      Many thanks, Julie.

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  20. I am researching my ancestry and wondering if anyone knew of Margaret Hunter (Hillerby) born 1944 or Doris “Betty” Hillerby born 1935 they lived in a few different places in Stockton. Thank you.

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      • Hi Katherine,

        We appear to be having some problems emailing the information to you directly so please find the information below:

        Your grandmother, Nora Hillerby was born in Stockton in 1913. Her parents were John William and Edith Emma (nee Jackson) Hillerby. They were married at St. James’ Church in Stockton on 31 July in 1909 and we believe that they had at least five children; William Dennis (born 1909), John William (born 1911), Nora (born 1913), George T.N. (born in 1920) and Mary Elizabeth who was born in 1922.

        Nora’s father, John William was born a Hillerby circa 1882 in Stockton but he was also known as John William Ruggles (his mother’s maiden name). We know this because his army pension records tell us that he joined the army in 1900 as John William Ruggles. His parents were Joseph Harrison and Margaret (nee Ruggles) Hillerby. John died in 1936 at the age of 52.

        Nora’s mother, Edith Emma Jackson was born in 1885 in Stockton to William and Mary Elizabeth (nee Howden) Jackson. We believe that Edith died in Stockton in 1958 at the age of 72. According to the Stockton Roots website, Edith was buried in Durham Road cemetery, Stockton on 13 March 1958.

        On 12 November 1945 at St. James’ Church in Stockton, Nora married Harold Hunter. We believe that they may have had a son together called John in 1946. According to the death notice published in the Evening Gazette on the 17th and 18th November 1954, Nora died in hospital on 15th November.

        You mentioned that you were looking for any information regarding a Margaret Hunter who was also a Margaret Hillerby. We did find an entry of birth for a Margaret Hillerby (mother’s maiden name also given as Hillerby) in the June quarter of 1944. Could Margaret have been the child of Nora and Harold who was born before they were married?

        You also enquired about a Doris “Betty” Hillerby born in 1935. The only entry that we could find on the birth index was for a Doris S. Hillerby whose birth was registered in the December quarter of 1935 in the district of Easington. Doris’ mother’s maiden name is also given as Hillerby. We did find a possible marriage between a Doris Hillerby and a Lawrence E. Brown which took place in the September quarter of 1957 but we have no proof that this is the Doris that you are looking for.

        We trust that this information is of some assistance to you.

        Kind regards,
        Hannah Lincoln

        P.S. We do have some documents, e.g. John’s pension records, 1939 Register entries and marriage records, which may be of some interest to you. If you would like us to send them to you, please email us at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.

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        • Thank you Hannah for the information you have researched. I apologise for the delay in replying, but I have only just come across the reply. The service you provide at the reference library is fantastic.
          Kind regards
          Katherine

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  21. My Grandmother, Nora Hillerby was from Stockton and died in 1953 aged 42 years, I didn’t know her and would like to find out anything about her. I know she worked in a jam factory and married Harold Hunter. Her mother was Edith Emma Hillerby (Jackson).

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  22. Hi, I have looked at your site and I must say it is very interesting.
    Please can you find any reference to my kinfolk who lived in Oxbridge and had a shop in Norfolk or Suffolk Street. My dad started work at 12 years old in a stick yard near the railway on Oxbridge.

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    • Bob, the 1911 Census shows a Fielden family living at 33 Norfolk Street, Oxbridge. Arnold J Fielden was 35 years old and had been born at Altrincham, Cheshire. He was employed as a Bread Baker. He had married Margaret Harburn of Stockton at Manchester in 1898. By 1911 they had a family of 6 children, all born locally.

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    • Alec, the 1891 Census shows that Bridget was in the workhouse with her 5 children. The Census record shows that she was not a widow, so it looks as if her husband had absconded, leaving her holding the baby so to speak. There is no trace of her, or any of her family in the subsequent census returns, so it looks as if she may have gone back home to Ireland.

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  23. My mum and dad Frank Hartley and Susan Yardley had the first house on the rise with estate in the 1950s I believe it was printed in the newspaper. I would like to know how I can get a copy thank you

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    • Hello Pamela,

      We have the Evening Gazette on microfilm for the 1950’s here in the Reference library.

      If you would like to book to use a microfilm reader please contact us on 01642 528079 or by email at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.

      If you can narrow the date down it would make your search quicker.

      I hope this helps

      Kind regards,
      Adele

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  24. Hello – I am contacting you on behalf of Station Road Residents Association in Norton. We would like any information on the history of ‘Tinker’s Yard’, which is a small green space situated just behind Station Road.
    In particular it would be helpful if anybody can clarify the correct name. There is a difference of opinion as to whether it is ‘Tinker’s Yard’ or ‘Tinkler’s Yard’. It is thought that the land was donated by the Tinkler family, which would favour the argument for it being called the latter.
    We would also like to know more about previous use of the land. When we planted some fruit trees there last year, there was a lot of brick and rubble underneath, so it is likely there were some kind of buildings on the land beforehand.
    We hope to place an information panel on the site in the coming months, so any information (or photographs) on the history would be really appreciated.
    Thanks
    Mike Blackburn

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    • Hi Mike,

      We have checked our records and unfortunately, can not find a reference to the yard. However, Bob Harbron believes that the area was named when Irish navvies set up camp there when working on the Clarence Railway in the 1830’s & later to help build Norton Ironworks. He also believes that the original name of the yard was Tinker’s Yard, after the men who lived there. It was later to become known as Tinkler’s as it was thought to be a more respectable name. Bob does not believe that it has any connection to Tinkler’s that had a company in Bowesfield Lane, Stockton.
      I am sorry but we do not have any photographs of the area at that time.

      I hope this information is of some use to you.

      Kind regards, Julie

      Stockton Reference Library

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  25. Hi I was wondering if anyone knew/had any stories about Dave “Blackie” Fletcher? I’m his granddaughter and never knew him – hoping I can find out more xx

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    • Hi Anna, here is a bit below I read about a Blackie Fletcher, I read it whilst searching for ‘Lawson Street’, the link to the page this is mentioned on is here https://picturestocktonarchive.wordpress.com/2002/03/09/the-kings-head-hotel/

      Best Wishes
      Sue

      Kevin McCullough on January 23, 2005 at 12:00 am said:
      Two names have been mentioned that brought back many memories for me. First Blackie Fletcher – someone said he had a reputation; he sure did, he was known in the town as real hardcase. But he and I were friends and he was always good to me. Several times he ‘saved my hide’ at the Jubilee Dance Hall. Maurice Harper and I seemed to get into jams there often and Blackie always saved us.
      In fact the greatest ‘fisticuffs’ I ever saw was Blackie versus the famous Keith Higgins on the stairs of the front door at the ‘jube’. It seemed to go on forever with no one coming away victorious. Someone mentioned Jimmy Robson, he and I were also friends, we went to school at Darlington together, then to the St. Cuthberts club, and also to Sloans together. Jimmy was an exceptional snooker player, I think he won the North of England championship once. I loved to watch him play on table one, he took money from everyone including Blackie, Billy the Boxer, anyone he played. I think the only one who could sometimes match him was Norman Walsh, another friend and great player.

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    • Hi Anna
      Blackie was my uncle. My Father Tom Fletcher was his half brother which makes us second cousins. Remember him fondly when I was growing up. He did have a bit of a reputation but stood up for himself and was a gentleman. Have lived in South Africa for 44 years and lost touch with extended family although have been back to U.K. and Stockton on a few occasions. Good to see this post and hope you see the reply. We can maybe share more info on the family via phone /email. Regards Alan Fletcher

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  26. Searching for information about my maternal grandparents who lived in and around Stockton/Thornaby area. Thomas H Watts was my grandfather, born 1894, died 1928 aged 34. I believe he served in the Great War and was a victim of mustard gas poisoning from which he never recovered. He married Florence Robinson in 1918 and they had four kids, John, Doreen, Alma and Norma (my mother) I know Florence lived in Lawn (Lorne?) Street at some point, but other than that I’m finding it hard to find out any info. I’d love to know who Thomas’s father was, as I can find no record, though I think his maternal grandparents’ surname might have been James and they originated from Wales. I think Thomas might have had two brothers William, 1890 and John 1891. I know it’s a long shot, but any info would be appreciated.

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    • Elizabeth, Thomas’s parents were John and Margaret Watts. John and Margaret James had married in Midlesbrough in early 1889. You will find them in the 1891 census living in Thornaby with their first two sons William and John. You may have relatives in Canada as I believe that John emigrated there.

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      • Many thanks, Cliff. This helps a great deal. Further research leads me to believe Margaret died young, possibly abt 1896. Her three sons are reported as living with their maternal grandparents in the 1901 census while their father John is boarding with a married sister and is described as single.His son John did go to Canada, as did William, but he then moved to the US and settled in Ohio.

        Thanks again.

        Elizabeth

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  27. Hello

    I am coming up to research the Wetherell family who lived in Yarm and surrounding areas. My Great grandmother was Jane Elizabeth Wetherell 1865 – 1935. She lived in Wetherell’s Yard, Yarm where I think she may have been born. According to my mum, whose now 89, the family were Coal Labourers. However, Jane Elizabeth Wetherell my great grandma we believed worked at a drapers/tailers called Bradley Tailors or Drapers in Yarm when she was 15 around 1871. My mum has a letter from an address where she was a domestic servant but its hard to make it out but looks like High Street, Yarm. I wondered if there was a tailor company called Bradleys and what address it was and what is there now.

    I am also unsure as to why the Wetherell family would have a yard called Wetherell Yard and how I would find it now?

    Any help on the family would be wonderful to give to my mum.

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    • Steven, Jane E Wetherell (b.1865) was the son of John and Margaret Wetherell.
      You can trace John back to the 1841 census where he appears as the 8 yr old son of Thomas and Ann Wetherell. Even in 1841, Thomas was employed as a coal heaver. There were no coal mines in the vicinity, so he was either working for a coalman in Yarm, or possibly working at Yarm Railway Station where coal was unloaded from the wagons.
      The 1871 Census shows that Wetherell Yard was situated on the western side of the High Street, just a few doors from its southern end, where Church Street enters the High Street. You may have noticed that almost all of the Wetherell’s neighbours lived in adjacent yards. Whenever somebody built a new house on the High Street, there was a small alleyway leading past the house to a yard at the rear, around that yard were built several dwellings. The Yard was named after the family who built the yard and lived in the house at the front. It looks as if the house that the Wetherell family lived in, in 1871, was the same as had been lived in by Thomas Wetherell in 1841.

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      • Thank you Cliff, Yes it would make sense that they were involved with the railway and coal yards. One of the family at that time was an engine fitter at Bedale. Robert & Mary Wetherell were the parents of Thomas they lived in the west side of Yarm in the 1840’s. I will pop into the Stockton Archives now I’m up here.

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  28. Hello, I’m trying to find information on a John Francis James, who was orphaned in Stockton in 1928. My gran thought he was a Barnardo’s boy, however the charity I contacted doesn’t have any record of him. Are there any other children’s homes in the area that might have records of him?

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    • Hello Harley,

      There was a children’s home on Hartington Road, Stockton during this period, unfortunately we don’t hold the records for it here in the library.

      I would suggest contacting Teesside archives on 01642 248321 or by e-mail at Teesside_archives@middlesbrough.gov.uk, to see if they hold any records.

      I would also contact Durham County Record Office to see if they can help. They can be contacted on 03000 267 619 or record.office@durham.gov.uk

      Kind regards
      Adele

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    • Thank you for providing John F. James age, as that means he can be found in the public records. His parents, William James and Amy Lawty had married in 1904. They had a large family which included Amy (born 1905), Sarah (1908), William (1910), Emma (1913), John (1916), David (1918) and Mary (1921).
      The mother, Amy (known as Emma), died in December 1926 and is buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery. As you said, her husband followed her exactly two years later and was also buried at Oxbridge Cemetery. So I don’t think that you should consider John Francis James in isolation. The children may have been looked after by their elder sisters, or other relatives in the area. J.F.James appears to have lived until he was 72, as their was a death of John Francis James registered in the Northallerton area in 1988. Hope this helps.

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    • Kate, Kingston STREET was in the Tilery estate. It was on the north side of Tilery Road. You can see it on this map http://maps.nls.uk/view/101100488
      Use your mouse to enlarge the image. Head North from Stockton High Street, turn into Tilery Road, and you will find Kingston Street on your left, towards the end.

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  29. A Natrass was a Mayor of Stockton, a school was also named after him. My wife has Nattrass in her family tree in Stockton. Do you have any information on the above Nattrass? ie: His Genealogy?

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  30. I’m trying to find out about my Great Grand father Allan Pounder who was a famous crane designer for the docks but I cant find anything about him.

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  31. I am searching my Mothers family name Noad, they lived in Heartburn Village in the late 19th century and early 20th century, it would be great if you have any information on them.

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    • Victor, do you have the family from the census records? The family lived in Hartburn from 1871 to 1901, and some of the married daughters may have been there even longer. The family is difficult to trace at times as the census enumerators wrote down the surname in various ways such as Knoad (1871), Noad (1881) and Noud (1901).

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    • Hi Victor,
      I have had a quick look on Ancestry and managed to find Arthur Thomas Noad and Emily Noad living at 3 Harper Terrace, Hartburn on the 1911 census could these be your relatives?
      If you would like to research your family history we have a free introduction course here in the reference library. We also have access to Ancestry and Find My Past, and various other resources to help with your research.
      If you would like any further information you can e-mail us at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk or by phone on 01642 528079.
      Best regards,
      Adele

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  32. Looks like I made a mess of entering my previous comment – In the 1891 census my great grandparents were living at 10 Cottage Street – my great great grandparents were living at 6 Cottage Street – was wondering if there are any photographs of the street from that era. Regards Nora (Canberra).

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    • Hello Nora,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Unfortunately there are no photographs of Cottage Street in our collection.
      Is it definitely Cottage Street that your ancestors lived in, as we have traced a Cottage Row, which was at the Castlegate end of Stockton High Street. Although there are no photographs of Cottage Row either, there are some of Castlegate.
      Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
      Kind regards, Julie

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  33. I am stuck trying to find my grandfather’s parents’ names. His name was Henry Walker and he fought in the first World War. He married Isabella O’Grady and they lived in Norton (I think) but could have been Stockton. My mother thought that he got a job as a council gardener because he was gassed in the war and had to work outside, but she didn’t seem very sure about that. My mother’s name was Kathleen Walker and she lived in Wylam Road, Norton after the second world war. I don’t know what date they moved there.

    My grandfather had a sister called Jinny or Betty (not her real name) who married a man called Pottage and they lived in Thornaby.

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    • Lesley, there were so many Henry Walkers living in Stockton around the time of W.W.I that it is difficult to identify which Walker family is yours. The best way of tracing his parents is to purchase a copy of his marriage certificate. Henry married Isabella O’Grady at Stockton in late 1919. You can order a copy of his certificate from Stockton Registry Office.
      I suspect that his parents may have been Thomas and Elizabeth Walker, as the 1901 Census shows that their children included Henry (aged 9) and Jane (aged 6). Sister Jane may have been the “Jinny” you mentioned. And there was a Jane Walker who married a George Pottage in Middlesbrough in 1928.

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  34. Hi
    I am looking for Scouts and Guides who went to Brunswick coffee bar Stockton in late 1960s especially: Paul Bennington, Geoff (Jeff) Bell, a Jackie who came from Oxbridge area. Can anyone help? Any old photos appreciated. Now live in south!
    J
    Thanks!

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  35. Hi,

    I’m after some information about a dentists’ practice from 1882 onward. Apparently my great g g grandfather Daniel Sibson moved to Stockton-on-Tees to practice with a cousin. Now we know that Daniel and many of his sons and relatives did in fact carry on the dentistry practice but I’m after any info on the initial practice that was established. Addresses etc would be good too.

    I will actually be visiting Stockton from Australia in July too.

    Can you help?

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    • Hi,
      I have managed to find some information regarding your family. I will e-mail you directly with the information I have found.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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    • The 1891 Census shows the Sibson family living in Hardwick Terrace, this was on the eastern side of the High Street, at its northern end, just before King Street. In 1891 D.S. placed an advert in the local paper (The Daily Gazette) under “Situations Vacant” seeking a dental student. Applicants were to write to him at Hardwick House, which presumably was the name of his property in the terrace.
      The Daily Gazette contains many entries relating to members of the Sibson family. Were they Quakers, as they sent their son Arthur to the Quaker run School at Great Ayton?
      The Gazette records his academic progress at Middlesbrough High School, and his subsequent qulification at the Royal College of Surgeons. Son Ernest was a prominent Good Templar. Wife Elizabeth was elected to the Board of Guardians.
      See if you can access British Library Newspapers via the Gale Group website, then you can search the Daily Gazette on-line. Good Luck, Cliff.

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      • Just a note that Hardwick Terrace included the properties on Norton road that are between King St. & Queen St., as well as the 3 properties between the Lambton Castle pub and King St. The Lambton Castle is No.1 High St. making Hardwick Terrace the first properties on the eastern side of Norton Road.

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  36. Hi, my husband’s birth certificate shows he was born at Barton House, West End Terrace – we think this may have been Eaglescliffe. Please can you say if this was a maternity hospital or a private address, thank you.

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    • Hello Elizabeth,
      Barton House, was on Yarm Road Stockton. It was a maternity Hospital and also used for private operations.
      I trust this information helps.
      If we can be of any further assistance please get in touch on 01642 528079 or reference.library@stockton.gov.uk
      Kind regards
      Adele

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  37. Hello, I wonder if you have any information regarding J Jones LTD Furrier and Costumier company which I believe had some basis within Stockton? I’m very interested to know for a University research project. Thanks for you time!

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    • Hello Ed,
      If you can e-mail us direct at the reference library with some more information, including a date the company was in business.
      Our email address is reference.library@stockton.gov.uk we will have a look through our archive and trade directories.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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  38. Hi. I am trying to locate any old pictures of our house on Darlington Lane, Norton in the 1900s. We live in the terrace houses opposite the flats. Any help would be much appreciated. Regards.

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  39. Hi, I’m looking for any old photographs of the Wynyard pub on Whitehouse Road in Billingham. I know it was built in the 1960s but unsure of the year. I would appreciate any photos or early history, many thanks

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  40. My maiden name is Colling and my Dads family lived in the Thorntree Road area of Thornaby. There has always been talk that we are related to the Colling brothers who bred the first shorthorn cow at Ketton Farm. Also a relation who was a chemist called Harry Colling. How distant are these relations?

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    • Victoria, the brothers which you mention were Robert Colling (1749-1820) and Charles Colling (1751-1836) of Ketton Farm, who bred the famous Ketton Ox. Robert died in 1820 and left everything to his brother, Charles. Robert did not mention a wife or any children in his will. Charles died in 1836 and also left a will. He left a number of bequests but all his property was left to his wife, Mary. Charles did not mention any children in his will. So it appears that neither brother left any descendants. If you are related to that Colling family it must be through some collateral line.

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      • Yes I believe so. It would be interesting to know more as my Dad was always told of the relationship as a child. There is so much history around this area relating in particular to the cow who I believe was called Comet. There are a lot of Collings buried in the old Oxbridge Cemetery but I’m not sure of the connection to my Dad. He also remembers stories of Harry Colling who was a local chemist. Could you provide us with any more information?

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        • Vicki, the 1911 Census shows only one family named Collings living in Stockton.
          That was John Edward Collings (57) and his wife Elizabeth (37). Their children included Jane (b.1897), Ivy (b.1899), Leonard (1904) and Wilfred (1908).
          John Edward Collings was a Gilder, a trade which he was taught by his father Edward Collings. Edward Collings was baptised at St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington in 1825. He was the son of John Collings (b.1786) and his wife Eleanor (1781). BUT John Collings came from Bellingham in Northumberland.
          I suspect that because the family came to Stockton from Darlington, it has been wrongly assumed that they were related to the Collings of Ketton.
          The book “History of Shorthorn Cattle” published in 1907, confirms that Robert Collings was a bachelor, and that his brother Charles Collings died childless.

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  41. Hi was wondering if anyone knew, where I could get a picture of Stafford pottery in Thornaby, my great grandma worked there she was called Nora Bertha, my dad has the pic of her stood with another woman.

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    • Hi Louise,
      We hold microfilm copies of the Gazette from 1860 to today and these can be viewed in the Reference Library. However, unless you have an approximate date, eg. month and year of the accident, it will be very difficult and time consuming to search.
      If you have any questions please contact us on 01642 528079.

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    • Hi Mark,

      Looking through Stockton’s council minutes we have found an entry regarding an application for the refurbishment and extension of Low Farm, Lowfields Avenue, to form a public house for Joseph Tetley and Sons Ltd., which had been received by the Local Planning Authority on 31st March 1988.

      The first entry for the Teal Arms in the Yellow Pages appears a year later in 1989 so Low Farm must have been redeveloped within those two years. Unfortunately we do not have an exact date of when the Teal Arms opened.

      Best wishes,
      Hannah

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    • Hello Liz
      Unfortunately TB was not an common disease at that time, therefore it is unlikely that it would have been reported in the local press. However, we do hold local newspaper records on microfilm and you are welcome to come & browse through them. No appointment is needed for this.
      best wishes, Julie

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  42. My grandfather died in the district of Stockton in 1933. Does anyone know which library the old records are kept or if they are available online? Thanks

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    • Hello Liz
      What sort of record is it you are looking for?
      Stockton Reference Library holds most, but not all of the parish records for the Stockton area.
      We also have free access to online records through Ancestry & Find my Past.
      What sort of record is it you are looking for?
      Official certificates such as birth, marriage & death certificates can only be obtained from either the relevant Register Office or from the General Records Office.
      If you would like to email us with more details at the address above, we will endeavour to give you more information.

      Best wishes, Julie

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  43. Could you tell me what year the smallpox hospital was knocked down, it was situated on Harrogate Lane in Hardwick near the Horse and Jockey roundabout.

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    • Hi Linzey,

      Unfortunately looking through our records we have been unable to find a date of when the smallpox hospital was knocked down.

      We do believe however that the hospital may have been knocked down in order to build the Hardwick estate. This would have been in the early 1950s.

      We have had a look through the council minutes for 1950 – 1955 but have not been able to find any mention of the hospital. If you wanted to you would be more than welcome to come and browse through earlier/later council minutes in the Reference Library.

      We are sorry we could not give you a more specific date.

      Best wishes,
      Hannah

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  44. My mother was born 31/12/1914 in 1 Elm Street, Haverton Hill. I was born in 1953 in Hawke Street, Haverton Hill. I would like to know where Elm Street was because I think it was demolished before I was born.

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    • Hi Julie,
      Elm Street would have been at the bottom of Clarence Street, which is still there today. There were 3 streets in a row, Ash, Oak, and Elm, with Elm being the last street before the allotment gardens, which I believe are also still there.

      Hope this helps. If you are still unsure, you are welcome to call into Stockton Reference Library where we have historic maps showing Elm and Hawke Street.

      Best wishes, Julie

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      • Hello, I was born in 30 Elm street, it is now part of Saltholme the allotments are all overgrown though I still pick plenty of Brambles from where our allotment was.
        Elm Street is now covered and some of it like Ash & Oak street are under water which is now a lake for wildlife. I still meet with my cousin for coffee, he was also born in Elm Street.
        Dennis Brown

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  45. I’m looking for information on William and Martha Long who may have been related to Thomas Arthur Lenham 1887 – 1947 in Stockton.
    Can anyone assist please?

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    • My name is George Morris. My mother was Amy Lenham. She had sisters Edith, Lilian, Mary, brothers Fred and Ernie. They all lived in Stockton, any relation?

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  46. Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about Hawke street in Haverton Hill. My nana was born there in 1924, but I can find no reference to the street in the 1911 census, which seems odd?

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    • Hello Emma,

      Just to confirm the answer Cliff Thornton gave you, Hawke Street was part of the Furness Estate at Haverton Hill. Building on the estate didn’t begin until around 1918 and Hawke Street was only partly constructed by 1919.

      Hope this helps.

      Julie

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  47. Davis Bridge @ Billingham,
    I would be grateful for information about this bridge, its dimensions, dates of commencement to completion, also cost of production from plan to finally being opened.
    Thanking you,
    Joyce.Joyce J

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    • Hello Joyce,
      Thank you for your enquiry about Davis Bridge. I have managed to find some information about the bridge which I will e-mail to you. Unfortunately without knowing the exact date of this development, it would be very time consuming to check the newspaper archive we hold and the council minutes. I would suggest contacting the planning department to see if they can help. You are welcome to come and check our archives for yourself.
      I hope this helps
      kind regards, Adele

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  48. I am writing a book and would like to have more information/photos of the timber yard on the river and the bus depot opposite in circa 1950 please. My father was caretaker of the timber yard. Can any one help me with this please?

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    • Hello Betty,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I have looked at some of our local history books and old newspaper’s, and I believe the timber yard was Foster Brotherton and Co. Timber Merchants. I have found a little bit of information which I have attached to an e-mail for you. You are welcome to come and look through our archives for further information if you require.
      I hope this helps
      Adele

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  49. Hello from Canada! My gt granddad Thomas Dickinson & his large family lived at 1 Dennison St Stockton in the late 1800’s & early 1900’s. He was a Master Blacksmith & a Verger at St. Peter’s Church & I was always told they lived next door to the church. My question is did they renumber the house on Dennison at anytime after 1918? If so, do you know the new number, or perhaps it was demolished? Thank you for your time.

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    • Hello Anne,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I have looked at census records and historic maps showing Dennison Street in the late 1800’s, and am certain the houses that the houses have been re-numbered. In 1899 there are only 8 houses on Dennison Street, which is next to St. Peter’s Church.
      I have scanned a section of an 1899 map which shows the area and sent this to your email address, along with other details.

      I hope this answers your query.
      Kind regards, Julie.

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  50. Hello,
    Can you help me, I have been doing some family research and have come across a picture of ‘McNaughton’s Steam Laundry’ in Bishopton Lane in Stockton. I have been trying to work out from the picture exactly where in Bishopton Lane the building was and if the ‘McNaughton’ who owned it might be an ancestor of mine. Any information or help in my research would be very much appreciated.

    Thank You
    Jackie

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    • Hello Jackie,
      McNaughton’s Steam Laundry was located at no. 3 Station Terrace, (now known as Bishopton Lane). If you know where the Queen’s Hotel used to be, the laundry was just past the hotel, towards Stockton Station. I think the buildings are still there, however they will probably have been re-numbered when they became part of Bishopton Lane, so I can’t tell you exactly where it was. The laundry was being run by Mr. Duncan McNaughton in the 1908-09 Ward’s Directory of Stockton. By1928 it was known as Wear Valley Laundry Ltd., so sometime between 1908 and 1928 ownership may have changed. McNaughtons Ltd. are also listed in Dixon St., which is off Dovecot St. If you would like to see a map showing Station Terrace, please call in to the Reference Library anytime.
      There were quite a large number of McNaughton families in Stockton but if you can connect to Duncan, then this could be your family.
      I hope this answers your questions.

      Julie

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  51. Hello, Can you give me any information on the Stockton Union Workhouse at 50 Portrack Lane Stockton. My great grandmother Beatrice Pearce was there in 1911 as an inmate with my grandfather, Albert (2 months old).

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    • Hello Karen,

      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Unfortunately, the only records that we in the Reference Library for Stockton Workhouse are census records. As you already know that your great grandmother was there in 1911 with your grandfather, aged 2 months, you have probably seen the 1911 Census record. As your grandfather was only 2 months old, it is possible that either he or his mother was in the workhouse as a patient at that time.

      I suggest that you contact Durham Records Office at : record.office@durham.gov.uk – as they hold Guardian’s Minutes which may contain some information. Also, here is a link to the Workhouse.org website, which has some information about the building.
      http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Stockton/

      Stockton Heritage website has a brief article also.
      I hope this information is of some help.
      If you have any further questions please contact us on 01642 528079 or email: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

      Regards, Julie Allinson

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  52. Found a relative who died in 1885, buried in Oxbridge Lane cemetery and lived in Percy Street. Was there a Percy Street in Stockton as I can’t find one now or would it be Percy Street in Middlesbrough? Any info gratefully received.

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    • Hi Martin, thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes, there was a Percy Street in Stockton – it used to lead off from Parliament Street, which runs parallel to what used to be Holy Trinity Church. Now the area is occupied by a new housing estate.

      We do have maps within the Reference Library which show Percy Street; if you would like to get in touch with us via reference.library@stockton.gov.uk we could send a scanned copy to you.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  53. It states that Greens House farm in Fairfield, Stockton-on-Tees was demolished in 1957 but when I started Fairfield Secondary Modern School in 1960 the actual farmhouse was still there. Can someone clarify this?

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    • HI Christine, thank you for your enquiry
      .
      You are in fact correct! Greens House Farm was still there when Fairfield Secondary School was opened. The building was in a poor state of repair, and had been due to be demolished for quite some time. (In fact before construction on the school even began!) However, it was not until either late 1960, or early 1961 (we can not be certain which unfortunately) that it was finally demolished, possibly the delay was due to it being a listed building.
      My twin brothers went to the school when it first opened and agreed with you that the farm house was still there.
      Hope this answers your question, and we will correct the information relating to the photograph asap.

      Best wishes, Julie.

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